Climate Campaign Hasn’t Worked, But The Fearmongers Keep Trying

Global warming has been the most extensive public relations campaign in history. The 25 years of political and cultural pressure includes most governmental agencies, the public school system, the universities, celebrities, think tanks, and well-funded environmental groups. Yet, despite all the fear-mongering, over the 25-year-long campaign, there’s been no significant change in the public’s concern level over global warming.

Based on new polling data from Gallup, the number of those who “worry greatly” about global warming has actually dropped.

Americans aren’t that stupid after all. We can smell a rat.

It isn’t that we don’t believe the climate changes; it does, has, and always will. But “there is a difference in believing climate change is real and believing that climate change is calamitous.”

In his post at TheFederalist.com, David Harsanyi continues: “As the shrieking gets louder, Americans become more positive about the quality of their environment and less concerned about the threats.”

25 years of intense political and cultural pressure hasn’t won over the public. But they haven’t stopped trying. With the huge investment of time and money, the fear-mongers keep trying—believing, somehow, they’ll get different results.

On March 6, “a documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire,” Merchants of Doubt, was released. It aimed to smear the reputations of some of the most noted voices on the realist side of the climate change debate. But nobody much wanted to see it. In its opening weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com reports Merchants of Doubt took in $20,300.

A week later, former Vice President Al Gore, as reported in the Chicago Tribune, called on attendees at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, to “punish climate change deniers”—which is the tactic being used now.

We’ve seen it in the widely publicized case of Dr. Willie Soon, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who “claims that the variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent Global warming.” The New York Times accused him of being tied to funding from “corporate interests.”

Similar attacks, though less well known, have been made on many others who’ve dared to speak up.

Even Senator Edward Markey and Congressman Raul Grijalva recently joined the crusade. They sent a letter to institutions that employ or support climate change researchers whose work strays from the crisis narrative. The lawmakers warn of potential “conflicts of interest” in cases where evidence or computer modeling emphasizing human causes of climate change are questioned—but no such warning is offered for its supporters.

Somehow, only those who may receive some funding from “fossil fuel companies” are suspect. The anti-fossil fuel movement has been vocal in its funding for those who support its agenda—most notably billionaire Tom Steyer, who promised to fund candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and supports lobbying efforts for renewable energy.

In a Desmog post titled “Climate Deniers Double Down on Doubt in the Defense of Willie Soon,” the author states that Soon’s supporters “circled the wagons.”

In a Scientific American story about the Merchants of Doubt, Andrew Hoffman, a professor at the University of Michigan who studies the behavior of climate skeptics, says that “tit-for-tats between mainstream and contrarian researchers tend to raise the profile of skeptical scientists.”

Because of the failure of the manmade climate-crisis campaign to capture the hearts and minds of the average American—who, after all, isn’t that stupid—we can expect the Gore-ordered attacks to continue.

Like the mythical Hydra, when one “skeptic” is cut down, supporters “double down”—two more grow to take its place. The attacks draw attention to the fact that there is another side to the “debate.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Washington Post Fact Checker Calls Out Kerry’s Exaggerated Climate Change Claims

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The Washington Post Fact Checker thinks that Secretary of State John Kerry may have a Brian Williams problem when it comes to the facts about his role in the first climate hearings when he was a senator.

Last week, Kerry gave a speech to the Atlantic Council about climate change in which he said the following:

Climate change is an issue that is personal to me, and it has been since the 1980s, when we were organizing the very first climate hearings in the Senate…. Al Gore, Tim Wirth, and a group of us organized the first hearings in the Senate on this, 1988. We heard Jim Hansen sit in front of us and tell us it’s happening now, 1988.

According to the Fact Checker, this wasn’t the first time Kerry had made this claim:

In 2007, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, he asserted, ‘I was privileged to be part of the first hearings that we held in the United States Congress on this subject, with Al Gore, on the Commerce Committee, where we sat together in 1987, 20 years ago.

In 2009, speaking at a Senate hearing at which Gore testified, Kerry said: ‘It’s well known that Al and I have a certain political experience in common. What is less well-known is that we also teamed up on the first-ever Senate hearing on climate change for the Commerce Committee back in 1988.’ (He also said something in yet another Council on Foreign Relations speech in 2009.)

In a 2010 article for The Huffington Post, Kerry wrote: ‘My bottom line: Al Gore and I held the Senate’s first climate change hearings in the Commerce Committee way back in 1988. Since then, precious little progress has been made and ground has been lost internationally, all while the science has grown more compelling.’

And, in a 2014 profile of Kerry in The Boston Globe, Andrew Holland of the American Security Project was quoted as saying Kerry ‘has had a personal interest in climate change going back to when he worked with Al Gore in 1988 on the first climate hearing on Capitol Hill.’ Holland told The Fact Checker that the source of this factoid was Kerry himself.

While Kerry is trying to claim credit for working with Gore on the “very first” Senate or Capitol Hill hearings on climate change, the facts are less clear according to Glenn Kessler, who writes the Fact Checker column.

Kessler tries to pinpoint when the first hearing actually did take place, by going back to the 1970s. He talked with some climate change experts and determined that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on June 23, 1988, that Kerry has repeatedly referred to, was what brought climate change to the attention of the public.

There’s just one problem with Kerry’s statement. Neither he nor Gore were at that hearing because they weren’t on Wirth’s committee.

When questioned about this, Kerry spokesman Alec Gerlach issued the following statement:

Secretary Kerry rightly referred to the work he contributed to in the Senate along with Senators Gore and Wirth beginning in 1988 and 1989 on the issue of climate change, a cause he’s been committed to for his entire career. As the Secretary made clear, these hearings were a turning point: the first to point to new research that made clear the human impact on increasing greenhouse gasses was connected to climate change and a warming planet. No prior congressional discussions had made that critical connection. Without that link to a human impact, the case for this generation to act to curb emissions is dampened, but as Secretary Kerry made clear in his remarks, since those hearings: ‘the science has been screaming at us, warning us, trying to compel us to act.’

That’s all well and good, except that Kerry’s statements repeatedly refer to one, not multiple hearings.

The Pinocchio Test

To be fair to Kerry, he has been involved in the debate about climate change for many years, as a member of the Senate. He can certainly claim to have been passionate about the issue for a long time. While he may have been a junior member of the Senate in the late 1980s, his role on the issue certainly grew as he gained seniority.

But his pattern of exaggeration about the congressional hearings is disturbing. On repeated occasions, he has said or suggested that he and Gore were responsible for the first congressional hearing on climate change–and that he was one of the Senators who participated in the pivotal 1988 Hansen hearing organized by Wirth.

Gore might have bragging rights about organizing one of the first hearings, but not Kerry. Kerry was not even a participant in the most important hearing of that time; he simply spoke at a hearing that took place the following year. And yet, like Brian Williams claiming to have come under fire in Iraq, Kerry has repeatedly placed himself at the center of the action—and the narrative.

He earns Four Pinocchios.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Watch: Al Gore Tries To Quote Jesus, Eerie ‘Act Of God’ Stops Him In His Tracks

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During a recent speech before a meeting hosted by the activist group Avaaz, former vice president and current climate change alarmist Al Gore experienced a technical difficulty his detractors have described as perfectly timed.

Video of the incident shows Gore quoting a passage from his “faith tradition” out of the Book of Luke.

Leading up to a microphone failure, the global warming scaremonger recited, “and when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be heat,’ and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrite!”

Unfortunately for the continuity of his remarks, the last word was silenced.

Gore’s perceived hypocrisy regarding his extremist rhetoric has been well-documented. 

While demanding others make huge personal sacrifices for the sake of the environment, he has been roundly ridiculed by critics for living in a sprawling estate and using exponentially more energy than the average citizen. Furthermore, the father of four was also called out for his hypocritical stance that limiting the number of children born in certain regions is a viable course of action in preserving the world’s resources.

For this reason, many recognized his recent microphone glitch as a sign from above.

“Quoting Jesus to justify his fascist global warming myth,” one YouTube commenter wrote. “That was just a warning, Algore. Keep it up and the bolt of lightning is next. ‘God is not mocked…’”

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You Won’t Believe How Big Obama’s Earth Day ‘Carbon Footprint’ Is

It is not a new phenomenon for leftist activists to expect others to follow their rhetoric but not their example. Such hypocrisy, however, has only become more prominent as it relates to the hysteria over man-caused global warming.

Al Gore, who became a pioneer in promulgating climate hysteria by spreading unfounded accusations and speculation on the issue, is also one of the least personally credible sources. For instance, he resided in a sprawling estate, using far more energy than the average American could ever dream of, while producing the propagandistic film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Years later, he sold his struggling cable network to Al Jazeera, despite the fact that the news organization is funded by oil barons in the Middle East.

Gore, however, is far from the only hypocrite capable of demonizing the meager carbon emissions of ordinary citizens while jetting around the world and, according to the left’s logic, ushering in a climatological holocaust.

As America celebrated Earth Day Tuesday, Barack Obama marked the occasion by emitting about 15 times more carbon – in one trip – than the average American releases in an entire year.

According to reports, he began the day with a cross-country flight from the nation’s capital to Washington State. That trip sent out an estimated 568,032 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere. Ordinary citizens, on the other hand, are responsible for creating about 38,000 pounds of carbon each year.

That trip, however, was just the beginning of Obama’s pollution-heavy schedule. He was also set to begin an international trip to Asia, which would create nearly 1.2 million additional pounds of carbon emissions. In total, the two trips are expected to create nearly 890 tons of carbon.

Of course, the peripheral entourage – a backup plane, cargo planes, helicopters, support staff, limousine, etc. – means the true amount of emissions created during the tour will be much greater.

Still, leftists are capable of telling hardworking Americans – with a straight face – that they will destroy the planet unless they agree to trade in their incandescent bulbs for more expensive and dangerous compact fluorescents.

Photo credit: SS&SS (Flickr)

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Liberal Lies About “Global Warming” Put A Face On NOAA

Every so often, the faceless liberal lie machine is forced to reveal itself; and a real person or organization has to stand by the fabricated “science” of the Al Gores of the world. The Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been forced into the sunlight, and it has been made to look foolish because it believes Gore and his “climate change” charlatans.

NOAA’s prediction for November through January was that most of the continental United States would enjoy above normal temperatures. Why would they say otherwise when there is only emotion instead of science in the fraudulent global warming world construct? NOAA has had its nose rubbed in what happens when Bill Nye “the Science guy”, late night comedians, and the New York Times are the leading apologists for this climate mumbo jumbo.

The past three months have proven that these NOAA frauds could not have been more wrong, but there is a larger point to be considered in their miserable failure. The bigger question is: how can these people summon the nerve to pretend to tell us how we have to live because THEY know what the weather will be like ten years from now?

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (such an important sounding title!) grades itself on the accuracy of its predictions. Their scale runs from 100 for perfect down to -50 for total failure. Their prediction for the past three months came in at -22, a score that could have been duplicated by a drunken monkey throwing darts at a chart.

If NOAA’s weather predicting arm was a privately owned company, it would be laughed out of business; but we know that won’t happen here.

As the reality of their ridiculous prediction became obvious, the liberal lie machine cranked up to protect the global warming hoax.  They used Orwellian non-sense like “Cold temperatures are the result of global warming.” They introduced a new term, “ polar vortex,”  to the discussion (as if using a term that sounds like it came from a 1950s sci-fi movie makes it true.) We were also told that this “polar vortex” caused the drought in California, when in reality it was caused by Arnold Schwarznegger’s cowardice in allowing Barack Obama’s EPA to divert water from the Imperial Valley’s farms to protect the “endangered” Snail Darter fish.

All of this has provided a face to the lie of global warming. Of course, nothing will be done about this; and the head of the agency that made this ridiculous prediction will be promoted. But at least we can say we were right all along.

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